Tuesday, 16 March 2010

layers - day 2

screen printed fabric, multiple coloursscreen printed fabric, layers, multiple coloursDay 2 of workshop - more layering of the prints we started on day 1. It was really freeing and playful to work like this. No plans, no expectations, just experimentation with a range of stencils we'd cut.screen printed fabric, textilesDay 2 repeat print - when I signed up for the workshop I decided that I needed to loosen up my usual design style a bit and that this would be a good chance to work quite differently. Get out of my comfort zone if you will. I usually work quite tightly and on a fairly small scale. So working with the banksia ink drawings I'd done on day 1 I decided to design a fairly loose abstract repeat pattern print with some of those ideas. I used a cotton base cloth that was 'stone' in colour. Choosing and mixing the right coloured ink to print with was challenging though. I think the colour I made was too light in the end - a pale pistachio. It think this design might look quite different if printed in black.

I can't recommend this 2 day workshop enough. It's run by Harvest Textiles and they're just so lovely. Lara, our teacher for the weekend was as patient and knowledgeable about printmaking as they come. And we got such a buzz from being a small group of people doing this together. If you want to learn some basics about textile printing then this is the place to do it.


  1. wow. these are lovely too. I like the layering.

    I am definitely going to go along to one of these classes! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh!!! I saw shadows of those designs on some screens and wondered who did them!! They looked very interesting & lovely and I was intrigued!!

    Sorry I didn't get to see you when you were here!!

  3. Thanks to both of you!

    Lara - the I&S studio was just wonderful to work in.

  4. oooh, this looks like a great workshop. i like your design + wonder how it would look with black.
    thanks for your comments :)